There’s an amusing story by Simon Sharwood in The Register today.
Apparently when Cisco shipped its Unified Computing System (UCS) boxes between November 17, 2015 and January 6, 2016 it made a configuration error.
You see, when you try to set them up you won’t be able to access them with the default admin password of – wait for it – “password”. Instead, for reasons best known to Cisco they changed the default password to the marginally less insecure (but not documented) “Cisco1234”.
So, no. If you’re a sysadmin who is trying to log into your new Cisco kit’s Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC), and are banging your head against the wall because the default password isn’t working, for once it’s not a case of RTFM.
It should go without saying that as soon as you gain access to your shiny new Cisco box you should reset the password. But not to “password”. Obviously. If you stick with the default password that a product ships with you’re just asking for trouble.
More details about the issue are given in an advisory that Cisco published yesterday.